I have trouble tolerating peppermint-can it be omitted from the comfort tea? Is there a comparable substitute that is not from the mint family?
– Keep in mind, lavender and sage are from the mint family as well. It might be beneficial to create a different tea entirely if you’re sensitive to the Lamiaceae family of plants. Other mint-family nervines include skullcap, lemon balm, hyssop, wood betony, holy basil, motherwort, and catnip. Rosemary is also in the mint family.
Here is an alternative comfort calm tea for you:
10 Rose (Rosa spp.)
10 Oatstraw (Avena sativa)
10 Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
10 Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
10 Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
For the iron syrup, can the nutritional yeast and spirulina be removed ? Are there any good substitutions for those?
– The nutritional yeast and spirulina can be removed entirely, and the syrup will still be iron rich. Alternatively, you could add chlorella, moringa, or wheatgrass powder in place of spirulina.
Can we talk mold? If we see any that has developed at the top of the jar for items that we are making and are sitting for a number of days ie. while making vinegar, does that mean the batch is not good/not safe?
– Make sure to sterilize your washed canning jars by boiling for 10 minutes in boiling water. If your vinegar starts to mold at any time, or shows signs of fermentation such as bubbling, cloudiness or sliminess, discard the product and do not use any of it that is left. Keep your vinegar in a cool, dry place.
To make lavender infused honey-can dried lavender be used?
– Yes, dried lavender can be used.
I would like to try to make rose oil using the optional intermediary alcohol extract with alcohol & warm water method – can dried rose be used?
– Yes, dried rose petals can be used.
And while using the hot water method- should the jar be covered while it warms for rose?
– Yes, cover the jar! Cover all infusions when using aromatic herbs.
Also Seraphina has referenced to consult our guidebooks for more information on dosing—where is this information located?
– All herbal dosing recommendations can be found in the Materia Medica course under each individual herb on pages 78-241